October 2, 2014

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for July 20th

Another week of minor league baseball is in the books. Here are players around the Washington Nationals’ organization that are making headlines. For this week, we’ll go over players that participated in All-Star Games, among others.

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 59-42

Steven Souza Jr: In the AAA All-Star Game, Souza went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double in the sixth inning. Souza leads the Chiefs this year in batting average with .364.

Jhonatan Solano: In the AAA All-Star Game, Solano went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in the second inning. Solano is currently on a six-game hitting streak with six RBI over that span.

Aaron Laffey: In the AAA All-Star Game, Laffey pitched one scoreless frame in which he allowed one hit and also struck out a batter. On the year, Laffey is 11-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 67 strike outs.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 40-60

Colin Bates: Bates gave up one run on one hit while striking out two in the eighth inning of the Eastern League All-Star Game this past weekend. On the year, the reliever holds a 3.74 ERA in 65 innings spanning 28 appearances.

Kevin Keyes: In the Eastern League All-Star Game, Keyes went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and was able to play some left field, as well. He is batting .310 in his last nine games for the Senators with two home runs, seven RBI and eight walks.

Michael A. Taylor: Taylor put together quite a performance in the Eastern League All-Star Game. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk, stolen base and outfield assist. It was his second All-Star appearance as he also represented the organization in the MLB Futures Game during All-Star Weekend.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 53-44

Oscar Tejeda: On Sunday, Tejeda hit his team-leading 14th home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning to give Potomac the victory. He’s seen a bit of a slump in recent weeks, batting just .214 in his last 10 games. Perhaps this could be the end of that slump as he has a hit in three of the last four games.

Brian Rauh: Rauh made his seventh start of the season on Sunday and it was his strongest performance. Over four innings, he gave up just one hit while striking out five. His record still stands at 1-1 on the year as he was given a no-decision for his effort.

Pedro Severino: Severino also homered in Potomac’s Sunday victory. Like Tejeda, Severino has only seen his average drop over the past several weeks and his currently six for his last 28 at the plate. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3, so maybe a turnaround is on the way.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 64-37

Lucas Giolito: Last Friday, Giolito picked up his fifth win of the year for the Suns throwing 5.1 innings and giving up two runs on four hits while striking out nine. His ERA now sits at 2.54 and his opponents batting average is .196.

Sam Johns: Johns was drafted in the 31st round of the 2014 MLB Draft and has made his way to Hagerstown where he’s pitching well. The right-handed reliever has thrown 7.2 innings over four appearances for the Suns, posting a 1.17 ERA, six strikeouts and two wins.

Spencer Kieboom: Kieboom is currently batting .429 in the Suns last 10 games and six of those 10 games have been multi-hit efforts. Over that span, he’s hit five doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI.

Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short-Season New York Penn League, 16-19

Taylor Mapes: Mapes was drafted in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. After posting a 0.00 ERA in two innings of work (two appearances) in the GCL, he’s made four appearances with Auburn. His 0.00 ERA remains intact over seven innings of work with four strikeouts.

Chase McDowell: McDowell was drafted in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. In 13.1 innings over six appearances between GCL and Auburn, he holds a 7.43 ERA with eight strikeouts and an opposing batting average of .345.

Kyle Bacak: Bacak was drafted in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. In 15 at bats spanning 5 games between GCL and Auburn, the catcher has yet to pick up his first big league, although he has drawn a walk. 

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. He’s had work published on Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports, and has made several radio show appearances across the country to discuss his works. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. He is currently earning a degree in Sports Communications at Shepherd University. Brian was the author of the D.C. sports blog "The Skinny on Sports" but has been a contributor to Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports in recent years. You can follow Brian on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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